Monday, May 23, 2011
MUSIC MONDAYS: IRIS, THE OTHER IRIS
we're talking LIVE here, not the GOO GOO DOLLS
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memories: well, this takes me back. hearing this song, really as part of the masterpiece that is this album, i couldn't help but think we were neglecting this band LIVE when discussing the greatest band of the 90s: either nirvana or the smashing pumpkins. we should have entered a third band in the competition, this one. it's like when debating spielberg or lucas, you must also consider the third great writer/director and imagination, that of jim henson.
feelings: when i was really listening to this song, i was in my invincible period. this was the time in my life when i felt that all i had to do was immerse myself in pop culture, listen to every song out there, watch every film, and i'd be okay being alone. these all could serve as replacements for love. in short, i was wrong about everything. hi, eternal here, the late phoenix, computer person at your service, dirty internet personality here creeping out from out my couch...
structure: love the lyric of "the felix", reminds me of Felix The Cat, first transmitted television image ever, i believe. i only say that because i love tv so much, it's my third arm, without obsessing over tv, i'd be passionless. this song's middle portion is strong and powerful with those ripping chords, and i love when ed shouts like michael jackson, "WHOO! COME ON!"
final thoughts: IRIS is a great song, a song steeped in the magic that was the era of good, meaningful, real grungey songs about real issues and real emotion. it's true we'll never get the awesomeness of the '90s ever again, but a dreamer can dream, can't he?